The project concept

We are offering one permanent counselling centre in each Magdeburg and Halle, for people who are affected by racist discrimination. They are expected to find the necessary support through the guidance process with the goal of not having to accept experiences of discrimination any longer and exercise their right to equality and participation. People who are affected by discrimination often feel powerless and vulnerable. This is why empowerment is a central principle in proficient consultation.

Additionally, discriminatory people and institutions will be demanded to take responsibility for their actions.

The consultants will, for instance, undertake inquiries and research, write letters of complaint, accompany people who are seeking advice to their mediation meetings or offer support in legal actions. Essential to this are the concerns of the advice-seeking people, without who’s consent there will be no intervention.

The consultation is personal, confidential and can, upon request, take place anonymously.

If required, travel expenses can be reimbursed and language mediation provided. In addition to the consulting service, a cooperation network of primary and referred counselling centres is being maintained.

Through regular, anonymous reporting of the documented cases the general public is expected to be sensitized towards the topic. The team of this project regularly participates in councils and networks to sensitize the topic in other contexts and identify according demand early on.

The Landesnetzwerk LAMSA

The Landesnetzwerk (LAMSA) was founded in 2008 and advocates the political, economic and social, as well as cultural interests of people with a migration background at a national level ever since. It sees itself as their proponent and is available as a contact partner for the government as well as all relevant associations, institutions and other migration organisations, that deal with migration policies in other federal states. March 2014 LAMSA founded a non-profit association. Currently there are 107 organisations and individuals from different backgrounds, cultural influences and religious affiliation represented in LAMSA.